Monday, May 9, 2016

Purple Rain...

Released in 1984, Purple Rain is a time capsule. It haunts for multiple reasons if you are a member of a certain age group, and because Prince is recently gone if not. When I saw it the first time in the 1980's, I saw it on HBO, on the small screen. I remember it being powerful for the musical brilliance and for the emotional intensity even then. It's more so on the big screen. I think we were lucky to have seen this in the theater. The acting is raw and un-trained, the people beautiful and intense. For all that, it will be a few days before the title song stops playing in my mind. The violence and sexuality are stronger and a touch darker than I remember, but nothing by today's standards. In the end, you fall in love with the music all over again, and appreciate the power of the stage performances by both Prince and Morris Day. A glorious tribute to feet moving and the lost glam of beauties with big hair in soft clouds, this definitely gets the musical and nostalgia votes, and I'll take the acting for the small independent thing that this movie was. It's a work of art in a different sense than high drama or anything else that comes your way in recent years. It's hard to believe it was 32 years ago. Excuse me if I feel my feet wanting to move...yeah, dance and music can have a bit of mysticism to them. 9/10


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Gods Of Egypt:

Gods Of Egypt: I'm going to have to start rating multiple categories to capture how this movie hit me. I went in expecting a little bit of campiness / cheesyness, and the film definitely delivered. It also delivered on special effects and cinematography. If you want fun, go see this. If you want seriousness, don't. If you want historical and mythological accuracy , forget it. The scenes were big and awesome, the acting was cheesy and humorous. So here come the categories:
Mythogeny: (How much did they diverge from mythological accuracy) 7/10
Seriousity: (How seriously can you take this film) 3/10
Cheesity: 7/10
Cinematography: 10/10
CGI/FX: 9/10
Acting: 5/10
Hot Bodity: 7/10
Skin: 4/10
Plot/Story: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Lady In The Van

Cantankerous. Odiferous. Odious. Outrageous. Outlandish, tetched, schizoid, obsessive, obtuse, obnoxious, and twitchy. These folk can not possibly be muggles, there is just too much magic. Maggie Smith blows my mind, but so does her male...benefactor, for lack of a better word. This film (Because it's too good to be called a "flick") has the depth and breadth of the ocean in one little driveway. I never expected to laugh where I did, but it happened. I have to be careful of spoilers, but the ending is so O.M.G. that I'm still awed. Forget the marigolds, and hold onto your piano for dear life. If there's not an oscar in one of those bags, it will be a canonizing miracle. 10/10, and it will steal your heart.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Where To Invade Next:

Michael Moore's (despite the title) not-so-military documentary goes around the world looking for things the good ol' USA needs, and plants our flag around the world, both literally and metaphorically. This movie espouses a lot of values Christianity should find familiar if it has read the New Testament. Some of the conclusions will shock you, others will uplift you. I walked out with a profound mix of sadness and hope. Personally I feel it's one of Moore's best films. This film is a must-see, and worth bringing your critical-thinking cap to. 9.5/10

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dead Pool

We laughed all the way through the entire movie, except part of the credits. (Yes, my wife loved it too!) Ryan Reynolds was the best I can ever remember him being in a movie. He is PERFECT for this role. Incredibly-clever wit, incredible cinematography, wonderful special effects, amazing art work. Don't take your kids or your Mom, because this is the sexiest Marvel flick yet. Kind of appropriate for the day before Valentine's day...or the night after! That ticket is right with the adult content, and it's got some hilarious kink. Stay for the credits. WAY better than I expected, and my wife's fave superhero fkick to date. 10/10

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How To Make A Bourbon Danhattan

2 oz aged bourbon (Elijah Craig is really good)

2 drops aromatic bitters

1 oz sweet Vermouth

1 oz Cherry Heering (Danish cherry liquer)

4 Old Smokey Moonshine cherries, or two marachino cherries


Sunday, May 24, 2015


By far the best movie I have seen since the 80's. At least. I can't be too direct here, but there's something in this movie that has been missing almost everywhere in TV and Cinema for a very, very long time. I strongly urge everyone to see it. I love the acting, I love the sci-fi, the romance, and the wolves. If a rocket pack and anti-gravity can't lift you up, maybe a little boy-and-girl love story can. The visuals are fantastic, and I love the acting too. Go. See.


Compassion is the greatest sign of Humanity.